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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April Family Book Review - perfect book for before Derby

The Tails of Windy Meadows by Ellen Troutman and illustrated by Debra K. Leet is a heartwarming horse lovers story, written by a local author who also owns a horse farm, in LaGrange, KY.

 photo photo_zpsea4f7e4e.jpg Since we are on the cusp of the Kentucky Derby around here, I thought this book would be a timely fit. I read the book aloud to my kids a couple of weeks ago. My older daughter really enjoyed it; my youngest hardly sits still long enough to eat any more so he took off after the first few pages! The story is really geared for an older age; I would say 5 and up would sit through the whole story.

Windy Meadows is a neat locally owned horse farm and the connection with the horses who live on the farm as the characters throughout the book is interesting. It really brings the story to life. The story is charming and reads aloud very well. It is a longer picture book so it becomes a nice bedtime story to read over a few days as well. I loved the soft, pastel-like illustrations. My kids and I really enjoyed the character names, the day to day life of the horses who live on the farm, and the fact that we can go meet these horses in person some time since they live in LaGrange!

Windy Meadows was recently featured in the LouFamFun post about family fun on farms. If you have a child who is absolutely in love with horses, this book is for them. You can order this book directly from the local publisher here. After reading the book together, take a ride with your family over to Windy Meadows and let them meet the horses from the book and spend some time learning about horse care on a real working farm. They also offer horseback riding lessons. You can schedule a free tour of the farm and make an appointment to meet the horses here. Windy Meadows is located at 1309 Bluegrass Parkway in LaGrange, KY 40031; 502-608-6179.

By guest contributor: Erin

Monday, April 29, 2013

CONTEST! Family 4-Pack of Tickets to Louisville Bats game courtesy of Steepleton

 photo steepletonshade_zps14429ec4.jpg photo steepletonlogo_zps74c544e7.jpgSpringtime with the kids enjoying America's favorite pastime - doesn't that sound great?  We are so lucky to have a team here to root for and the friendly folks at Steepleton are sponsoring this contest to send 2 lucky families to see the Louisville Bats!

Don't forget, Steepleton has a special offer for LouFamFun readers.  Just head in there for your awesome outdoor swing set and mention LouisvilleFamilyFun.net and on top of other sales, they will give you a free glider upgrade! That's a $299 value.  We love our set, see our review here

For the contest, one winner will receive 4 tickets to the game on Saturday May 11 and another will win 4 tickets to the game on Sunday May 12 to see the Louisville Bats!
  (Winners will pick up their tickets at Steepleton in St. Matthews).

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Review of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze!℠ at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville

We had the wonderful opportunity to attend Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze!℠  courtesy of the show promoters. Although they gave me these tickets, as you know, I am always honest in my opinions.

I had never taken my kids to see a circus before so we were especially excited about this afternoon adventure. We chose the afternoon show so that we would not interfere with bedtime and it worked out great for our family. The circus was at the KFC Yum! Center and the lower portion of the venue was mostly full, the crowd was moderate which was nice since we were dealing with kids.  We parked at the arena for convenience since it was raining, the fee was $10.

The show started promptly but even while waiting, there was pre-show entertainment with music and clowns. There were two main clowns that were so entertaining! This feature got the kids excited about what was to come and kept them from getting antsy while waiting for the show to begin. My son was hungry so we bought him a pizza which was surprisingly less than I expected at $7.50 - it was a snack for 2 kids so not a bad price at all compared to other options.

When the show started, my kids were immediately mesmerized. My daughter kept slapping my leg to alert me to what she was seeing - "See Mama? See?" She loved all of it, especially the horses. The show kept a great pace and had such variety. I have been to a lot of kid shows and typically, my favorite part is just watching the kids' faces but the show itself is really just for them. With the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze!℠  show, I really felt like everyone was entertained, regardless of age.

The circus featured dancing and singing, basketball players on unicycles, trapeze acts, tight rope stunts, a spinning double wheel group act, performers working amazing balancing strength acts and even some very talented flipping gymnasts. Clowns came out between every main act to entertain with silly messy paint, a fantastic poodle performance, silly magic and more. Of course, the kids and adults alike all loved the animals. There were elephants parading and performing, an incredible tiger show, snakes and rabbits, horses dancing and it was all really well done. Let me not forget to mention the girl that was shot across the arena from a cannon and the fireworks throughout the show!

The show had a short intermission and each part before and after was about 45 minutes. During the break, I got all of the kids a treat. I thought about cotton candy but it was $14 for one (with a hat)!! My goodness, no. I opted for animal shaped cookies from the Pie Kitchen cart and got 4 decent sized cookies for $7. Much more budget friendly and the kids were more than happy with those.

I really loved watching the tiger act because of the intensity and just the sheer danger of it- there were about a dozen tigers in the ring with one trainer! My son loved the cannon stunt and my daughter said the horses were great! My husband was impressed by the trapeze act.

This circus was a really high quality show. I went with a friend who has been to two others and thought that this "Built to Amaze" theme was the best she's seen. I don't really have a frame of reference so I just have to go with my overall impression and it was fabulous. I am so glad the circus comes to Louisville often- take the kids!

Be sure to check out this awesome promotion to get a FREE ticket if you currently have a child under the age of 12mo!


Winner! Shop21Live.com certificates worth $50!

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If you haven't heard, 21 Live is the show that Stephanie is joining frequently to contribute some fabuLOUs family fun information!  This locally produced show is on WBNA 21 on Saturday-10am, Monday-12pm Tuesday/Thursday-6:30pm.

This awesome show highlights local restaurants and business to bring you great deals around town.  I personally love the Fuzziwig's and Zaxby's deals!  Be sure to check out their page at Shop21Live.com and click on the categories on the left to see what they offer.  Last week we ran a contest to give away $50 worth of certificates! (that's a $100 redeemable value!!!)

The lucky winner is: Jeanette Thompson

Please email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net by the end of the day 5/1 to claim your prize!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Things to do this weekend in and around Louisville - April 26,27,28

Once again, I am totally wiped out from this week. Well, actually from Thursday  - which was an epic day of mommy/business craziness.  But, the show must go on and by show, I mean family fun.

Tonight, you can head to The Parklands for an outdoor movie!  They will do these throughout the summer, such fun. It's at 8:30, it's Madagascar 3 and there will be a food truck. BAM!  Fun times.

Take some time to listen to the LouFamFun podcasts on Louisville.am (always available online!) or tune into 21 Live where you might just catch a LouFamFun segment (Saturdays, channel 21 at 10am).

Saturday & Sunday- It's the 42nd Annual Cherokee Triangle Art Fair. If it's been going for 42 years, it's got to be good. Been there, done that, wrote a review. It's good family fun!  10-6pm both days, music, food, art - just do it.

In terms of Kentucky Derby Festival - you can see the family friendly events listed here - you can enjoy the Fest-a-ville on the Waterfront (on-going thru Derby eve, Pegasus pin),  The Great BalloonFest Balloon Glow (Fri, Pegasus Pin + KEC Parking fee $8), The Louisville Youth Orchestra Concert at the Iroquois Amphitheatre (Sunday, Pegasus Pin). Phew!

Those are my picks for things to do this weekend, of course, as always, there's even more options on our calendar above. After all, this is Louisville - it's fabuLOUs.


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Review of Kentucky Show! at Kentucky Center for the Arts

Over spring break, I took my kids downtown for the afternoon, and lucky for us that was the day that Kentucky Show! was offering a free viewing. Kentucky Show! is held at the Kentucky Center for Performing Arts.

 photo IMG_3435_zps534a9eff.jpg I was so impressed with this documentary about the state of Kentucky and all of its gems and jewels. The presentation is a 32 minute film highlighting the various regions of Kentucky and is loaded with history, breathtaking photographs, and some short famous Kentuckian biographies.

In the audience the day we were there were mostly adults, although I did see a couple of school-aged children and an infant. My nine-year-old seemed to enjoy the show, but 30 minutes was definitely enough to keep her interested. She seemed to glaze over through some of the history portions, but perked up during parts that were familiar to her such as the city of Louisville, the Kentucky Derby festivities, and the few minutes on the horse race itself. My little one was kept busy with a huge stash of Cheerios; I did not expect him to sit still but we managed to keep him in his stroller for the duration of the film. He did enjoy seeing the horses race across the screen, the fireworks from the photos of Thunder Over Louisville, and the music. I would recommend taking children preschool+ to see the show, it just depends on your preference. The thirty minutes went by fairly quickly for us. I highly recommend this show especially for homeschooling families and if you have out-of-town guests: grandparents will thoroughly enjoy it.

 photo IMG_3437_zpsab993260.jpg photo IMG_3440_zpsef7359bc.jpg Before the show started, my kids and I stepped outside the back entrance to the Center near the Belvedere and walked across the new pedestrian bridge that connects the Belvedere to the Muhammad Ali Center. This is a great new addition to downtown and the waterfront!

As a longtime Louisvillian, I was filled with pride during the show. I loved hearing the history and learning of the obstacles that boats came across when coming down the Ohio River early in the days of shipping. It was interesting to hear that because of the fossil beds that are now the Falls of the Ohio, ships had to stop and unload their cargo because they could not travel through that area of the river. Louisville became a stopping point on the river because of this, and those origins are what made Louisville, the river city, a place on the map. The photographs and videography are stunning and moving; you will be proud to live in this area after watching this film.

 photo IMG_3436_zps38da50c7.jpgThe show runs on the hour Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-4pm and Sunday 1pm-4pm; it is closed on Mondays. Tickets are $7.00 per person; children under 6 are free. They also offer a $5 per person group rate for 10 or more people. The theater is located on the main floor of the Kentucky Center for the Arts.

By guest contributor: Erin

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Review of Raising Canes - Westport Road Louisville location

I was out running errands in the busy Springhurst area and I finally stopped in to try the new Raising Cane's restaurant on Westport Rd (at the corner of Frey's Hill Rd). There is always a line wrapped around for the drive through and the parking lot is packed - ever since it opened.

The restaurant is casual and smaller than I thought but has enough seating if it isn't the height of dinner or lunch time.  When we arrived at Raising Cane's, I thought we might have to take it to go since there were no seats.  As we ordered, a few booths opened up.

The menu is very simple.  Literally - chicken fingers and fries.  Some of the combos come with coleslaw and they all come with Texas Toast or there's one option for a sandwich.  You can also order bulk chicken fingers - catering style. All of the combos come with Cane's Sauce.  Basically, you just decide how hungry you are and get the size to fit your hunger.  I wish there was a salad with chicken fingers on it! The kids meal ($4.79) come with 2 chicken fingers, fries, sauce, a drink and an activity.  I ordered 2 kids means and a The Box combo with 4 chicken fingers ($7.19).  It was around $17 for the kids and I, typically more than I pay when we eat at fast food since I can usually find a kids eat free deal or have a coupon.  No such luck here. They have fresh-squeezed lemonade, the kids chose that and I got an unsweet tea.

The kids liked the chicken and fries. I ate half of my meal and saved the rest to take home.  The sauce is apparently their thing and it was very good - creamy and peppery.  I thought the chicken was really juicy.  I wish they had a nice garden salad with some cut up chicken tenders thrown on top - that would be perfect! 


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Review of Bluegrass Indoor Karting

 photo karting1_zps0d91d0c0.jpgSo I was dying to try this place out while my 12 year old nephew was in town for Spring Break. After that experience there are a few very important Family Fun details I would like to share with our readers.

1. Juniors (7-15) and Adults race separately, per the information I neglected to read provided on their website. When you know better you do better. So, here it is for you: "Due to the difference in speeds between Junior karts and Adult karts, we cannot mix the two in a single race. Adults race with other adults and juniors will race with other juniors. For safety purposes, and due to State and insurance requirements, no exceptions can be made."

We were super bummed to find out we would not face each other in ultimate battle. However, they do provide a great detailed printout of stats including fastest lap, average and how you stack up against that week’s racers. So we compared our statistics and were satisfied with that. Come to find out, I’m not as super-fast as I thought. Bummer.

 photo karting3_zpsf6bca0be.jpg2. Racing is only for kids 8+. However, they make exceptions for 7 year olds Monday through Thursday. I’m assuming that is because there is more traffic over the weekends. I don't knowpeople, I don’t make the rules…I’m merely the messenger. "Junior kart drivers must be at least 48" tall and 8 years of age to race. Drivers that are 7 years of age may race, but only Monday through Thursdays and not on weekends. All drivers must meet the 48" height requirement."

 photo karting4_zpsf1a1ada7.jpgBeyond figuring out the initial regulations, we really enjoyed ourselves. This isn’t your average put-put go Karts. This is the real deal…initial safety briefing for first timers, victory stand, trophies, the whole 9. This would be a great birthday party for that older dude or dudette that has outgrown the bouncy house, but not the birthday party.

The staff was super friendly and although the location was kind of in the middle of nowhere, it was easy to find. The facility was clean and had great alternatives if you were waiting to race or just spectating. There were a few arcade games as well as a cool spectating area out on the track to snap some pictures and watch the action or you could watch from inside as well. All-in-all another FabuLOUs place to hang with the fam. Check out Bluegrass Indoor Karting for more information; they are located at 2520 Ampere Drive in the Bluegrass Commerce Park in Jeffersontown. 502-297-9899.

By guest contributor: Whitney

Monday, April 22, 2013

CONTEST! $50 to spend on Shop21Live.com

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If you haven't heard, 21 Live is the show that Stephanie is joining frequently to contribute some fabuLOUs family fun information!  This locally produced show is on WBNA 21 on Saturday-10am, Monday-12pm Tuesday/Thursday-6:30pm.

This awesome show highlights local restaurants and business to bring you great deals around town.  I personally love the Fuzziwig's and Zaxby's deals!  Be sure to check out their page at Shop21Live.com and click on the categories on the left to see what they offer.  You'll want to explore it because we are giving away $50 worth of certificates! If you win this prize, you will be able to get any of their certificates that you want totalling $50 (that's a $100 redeemable value!!!)

The Parent-Teacher Store & Toys Too! Celebrates it's 5 year anniversary with a fabuLOUs sale!

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Schedule of Events 
10:00am: Doors Open
11:00am: Gyros Express Food Truck on site
12:00pm: Mentos Geyser Demo
12:15: Louisville Family Fun on site with giveaways
3:00pm: Mentos Geyser Demo
5:00pm to 8:00pm: Kazoing Party & Play on site with inflatable bounce house & balloon twisters! 6:00pm: Mentos Geyser Demo
8:00pm: Doors Close

Follow The Parent-Teacher Store and Toys Too! on Facebook to stay up to speed on all of their promotions and products!

20% discount may not be combined with any other discounts or reward coupons. Discount may not be used on gift certificates, clearance items, special orders, or Girl Scout items. Discount may not be used on previous purchases. April 25th, 2013 ONLY. Management reserves the right to refuse discount.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Things to do this weekend around Louisville - April 19,20,21

 photo thunderposter_zps4293023c.jpgWell, let's state the obvious.  There's a super huge event this weekend. Maybe you have heard of it.  It goes BOOM - it's THUNDER!  Of course, that's on the list for many people whether it's heading downtown for all of the festivities or planning a party at home to watch it on TV.  It's definitely something to make sure you are enjoying in some way.

Aside from Thunder, you can take the kids to enjoy the Folsom Academy of the Arts production of "The Little Mermaid."  They have shows all weekend long - see the schedule and information here.  I think it's fabuLOUs to take kids to see other kids performing on stage, maybe your child will be inspired to try the arts.  Tickets are $12.

How about some "18th Century Thunder" at Locust Grove where you can have some family fun and learn about history?  Saturday and Sunday from 10-4:30 there will be Revolutionary War reenactments and demonstrations and you can transport your family back in time. Admission: $6 adults, $3 kids 6-12, free for kids 5 and under.

On Sunday, it's the Louisville Zoo's Earth Day celebration with $2 admission and no parking fee!
According to their website: "Spend the day learning about the Zoo’s conservation efforts and visit environmental displays featuring some of our eco-partners."  This admission price is a great deal for those who don't have a membership!

Have a thunderific weekend of family fun and be safe,

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Review of Abbey Road on the River in Louisville

 photo IMG_2529_zpsaef54222.jpg photo IMG_2538_zps5d301afa.jpg Last year, we joined some friends and spent some time at Abbey Road on the River - the FIVE day festival geared toward helping you "rediscover your inner Beatle."  We wanted to explore and see just how kid-friendly this festival is in case parents wanted to check it out.  In 2013, the dates are May 23-27th and you can see the full concert schedule here.

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 photo IMG_2540_zps0a9df034.jpgWe arrived on the Saturday right around the time that the festival opened up.  People were lined up to get in if they were visiting for the first day. I believe those that purchased tickets for multiple days were about to get in faster.  You enter the festival via the Belvedere that's between the Kentucky Center and the Galt House.  It was very hot that day, crazy hot.  It was very refreshing to see staff come by on a golf cart and start handing out water to those of us who were waiting.

Once in, we found a shady spot under a tree to take in some of the music.  There are multiple stages and many vendors spread out for the typical festival offerings.  We noticed a lot of families finding spots and claiming them so that they could hang out for a while.  In front of one of the main stages (by the fountain area on the Belvedere) there were families and kids dancing and enjoying the music, kids of all ages.

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We explored more and took in the sites over the Ohio and noticed all of the windows of the Galt House hotel that people decorated with Beatles themes - people really love this festival and travel miles to enjoy it.  The kids wanted a snack so we purchased some french fries and such for them to share and at the top of the Belvedere, near the river, we sat under a tent at a picnic table.  There was a stage under that tent that featured people of all ages singing their versions of Beatles tunes.

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Our intent was to check out the festival, hang out for a while and then head to a sprayground.  The weather was just too hot for us (unseasonably) so we didn't stay as long as we wanted, but that's not something you can control.  However, there are plenty of shady spots and lots of ways to hydrate and if the weather is just right, this festival will be fantastic.  There's never a break in opportunity to hear someone performing and into the evening, even if it is hot, sitting out by the river with a cold beverage and dancing to the music is something that you and your kids will enjoy.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Church Summer Picnics in and around Louisville: May-August 2013

Click HERE For 2015 Directory of Church Picnics

Church Summer Picnics, you say you’ve never been?! There is so much fun to be had!

 photo picnic1_zpsc132d8a9.jpg photo picnic4_zps816c96c4.jpgFrom the beginning of May through the end of August, Summer Picnics are everywhere (followed by Fall Festivals in September-November). These Picnics provide a little of everything - great food, music, arts and crafts, games, casino nights, beer tents, bounce houses, and rides (*depending on the location). Whether just grabbing a bite to eat at a fried-chicken-dinner night, or spending some time at the game tents trying to win a houseplant, there is a little something for everyone in the family.

 photo picnic2_zpsed885311.jpgWe have been attending the picnics since my son was a little over one, and have found them to be a great family evening out! Just don’t forget your change at home to play games. As far as costs, they do vary. Picnics are free to enter; otherwise it depends on whether you purchase tickets/arm bands for rides, eat a meal, or hit up the food vendors. Generally games are cheap: nickels, dimes, and quarters, but can be up to a dollar for “fun” games for the kids. Picnics normally run on Fridays & Saturdays, some being Saturday only, and a few open up the rides for a special “ride night” on Thursdays.

Dates and locations can be found at: http://www.archlou.org/parishes/picnics-festivals/

By guest contributor: Karen

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Review Cabela's in Louisville: World's Foremost Outfitter

 photo IMG_3446-1_zps762de69b.jpgLast week, Cabela's opened a brand new store in Kentucky to a huge crowd. My daughter and I made it over there this past weekend to check out what all the hoopla is about.

 photo IMG_3450_zps038703fa.jpgMy oh my, is there hoopla. The new store is located in the Old Brownsboro Crossing near the Summit. I had to pull out of the parking lot and into a gravel area to park. The place is filled with anything and everything sporting goods related. We saw all kinds of sports equipment, clothing, fishing gear, and boats and boating supplies galore, to name a few.

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My daughter enjoyed the huge fish tank that holds native Kentucky fish along with a guide right next to it to identify them; I thought this was a neat area located toward the back right in the center of the huge store. Right next to the fish tank was also a neat interactive display for kids to learn more about animals. A huge touch screen display was set up where kids can touch on an area of the country, learn about animals from that region, and hear the sounds that they make. It was pretty entertaining.
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 photo IMG_3455_zpse250a966.jpg photo IMG_3457_zps9686cb07.jpgDuring the opening weekend, the store listed Family Fun on Saturday and Sunday. I checked in with an employee to find out if these family events will be going on every weekend. He said "yes they will be going on all the time." To find out what is scheduled, up to two months ahead of time, click here and select Events and Activities. We ventured outside around the side of the store to visit with many different vendors including wood carving, Boy Scouts who were demonstrating rope tying, and an area where kids could try out their skills at archery. There were lots of different kinds of things going on in the Family Fun Zone. On the flier they also had fly fishing and geocaching demonstrations advertised. It sounds like there will be family-friendly activities every weekend at Cabela's.

The store is located at 5100 Norton Healthcare Blvd; 502-365-9020. Store hours are Monday-Saturday 9am-9pm and Sunday 9am-7pm.

By guest contributor: Erin

Monday, April 15, 2013

Louisville.AM Kickstarter

I admit, before I met Dan Vonderheide, I didn't know much about podcasting - ok, that's a lie, I knew nothing at all. A while back, he asked if he could interview me for a podcast about entrepreneurs called Startup (Listen to it here) It was a great time chatting about what I have done and he turned it into a cool talk-radio style podcast.  His podcasts are"local" and convenient: on-demand.  Since then, he has moved toward awakening this dream of a local on-demand station for content that will be online and through apps.  So cool!  Dan asked me to join Louisville.AM to create an informative podcasts for local parents that will both entertain and be useful to the listener.  Of course, I am all over it!  My first introductory podcast is available now, click here.

Join me in supporting this local, innovative endeavor to bring Kentuckiana quality, on-demand shows to highlight the great lives we live in Louisville and do it well.  In order to do it well, Dan needs a modest studio.  For example, when you listen to my podcast, you will hear my adorable yet terribly annoying barking dog in the background.  It happened only once when something moved in the front yard but, with a studio, we'd be dog-barking-free.  Free us of the dog barking and consider backing this Kickstarter and this local entrepreneur, Dan Vonderheide.  Pledges can be as low as $1, I bet you can find that in the floorboard of you car.


Saturday, April 13, 2013

WINNER! Earth Fare gift card from Foster Chiropractic

Dr. Foster  sponsored a great contest for LouFamFun readers to win a $50 gift card to Earth Fare so they can start their journey in health with great food options!

The winner is Brooke Boyd 
Please email info@louisvillefamilyfun.net to claim your prize!
Claim by 5/1 at 11:59pm

Casey Foster, DC is a licensed practicing chiropractor at Foster Chiropractic, which focuses on improving people’s health and well being through hands on treatment and patient education. If your child needs a sports physical please call our office and he will be happy to make sure they are ready to compete with the best. If you or someone you know is suffering from headaches or back pain that is keeping you from playing and spending time with your kids, give Dr. Foster a call and let him help you reach your health care goals.

Contact Foster Chiropractic for a sports physicals for only $25 for kids under 18.

Pediatric Dentists Directory in and around Louisville

kidzsmile photo kidzsmilelogo_zps3583cfd8.jpgKidzSmile Dentistry is dedicated to being a dentist for kids! For your convenience, we are located in Springhurst, Hikes Point, and Southern Indiana. You'll be more than pleased with our pediatric dentist, Dr. Myron Shuster. Our dentists and staff are committed to providing comprehensive dental care for infants, children and adolescents and strive to create a fun-filled environment where children feel at home. Your kid's dental experience is important to us. You can rest assured knowing we have the knowledge and experience needed to make sure your children's dental experiences are positive ones!

Derby city logo photo derbycitylogo_zpsfa05fdd5.jpgAt Derby City Pediatric Dentistry, we are committed to the dental care of children from birth to 14 years. Proper care of baby teeth is paramount for a child’s future dental health. We put special importance on the prevention of tooth decay focusing on healthy growth and development. Led by Dr. Korie Dunhoft Acord, DMD, our team of trained dental personnel strives to develop a lifelong relationship built on trust and confidence with our patients and their parents. Dr. Korie specializes in treating children with situational anxiety in the dental office and those with special healthcare needs. She completed her residency at University of Louisville working closely with Kosair Children’s Hospital. At DCPD a trip to the dentist is fun. We encourage healthy lifestyles that stay with our patients for a lifetime. We accept most dental insurance. Get your child started with a positive dental visit at Derby City Pediatric Dentistry.

2120 High Wickham Place, Suite 103, Louisville, Kentucky 40245

 photo dupont_zpszaxj4ac2.jpg Our office provides specialized dentistry for children and adolescents in a warm, caring and "child-friendly" environment. As pediatric dentists, our 2 years of additional training in a pediatric residency has prepared us for the unique dental needs of each child we serve. We focus on preventive care to help each child grow a healthy smile that will last a lifetime. Our office serves infants, children, teens and children with special health care needs in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Children's Special Care Dentistry    502-451-8900  (Bardstown Rd.)
Dr. Philippe B. Bautista, DMD   852-5128   (Downtown)
Dr. Shellie A. Branson, DMD  426-0088 (St. Matthews)
Dr. Joseph A. Fleck, DDS    812-941-0588  (Clarksville)
Dr. Tracy L. Kim, DMD   222-8848  (LaGrange)
Dr. Lawrence E. Miller, DDS  812-948-2296  (New Albany)
Dr. Larry G. Phillips, DMD     969-9264   (Outer Loop)
Dr. David A. Rougeux, DMD    44901723   (Dixie Hwy)
Dr. Michael J. Wahl, DMD 245-8855 (Middletown)
Dr. Heidi D. Yang, DMD 426-0705 (St. Matthews)
Dupont Pediatric Dentistry 897-0625 (St. Matthews)
Great Grins Children's Dental Specialist 231-1418 (Fern Creek)
Just Kids Pediatric Dentistry 897-3239 (St. Matthews)
Kentuckiana Pediatric Dentistry 538-2400 (Mount Washington)
Kids Dentistree (5 locations, check website)
Kool Smiles (2 locations, check website)
Pediatric Dentistry of Oldham county 222-8848 (LaGrange)
Pediatric Dental Group of Louisville 327-6380 (East End)
Pediatric Dentistry of Prospect 292-1160 (Prospect)
Small Smiles Dental Center 366-4442 (Taylor Blvd.)
University of Louisville School of Dentistry 852-5096 (Downtown)

“What is the difference between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist? Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist has two to three years specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs." Taken from: http://www.aapd.org/resources/frequently_asked_questions

This directory can certainly be updated! If you know of a pediatric dentist that we missed , let us know!

If you would like to feature your office/services more prominently in this directory, space is available! Please email lauren@louisvillefamilyfun.net to inquire about the affordable one-time fee!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Things to do this weekend around Louisville -April 12,13,14

It's Friday!  Let the weekend begin!  Be sure to always check our Daily Deals/Discounts page where you might find a family-friendly deal that's right for you like Widow's Walk Ice Cream, Sweet Frog Froyo, Fuzziwig's and more!

Tonight, how about a parent's night out? You deserve a little break.  My Gym has fun Parent's Night Out options and one of the dates is tonight.  The kids get pizza and a drink and lots of play.  It's $25/$35/$40 for 1/2/3 kids and runs from 5-9pm.  Reservations are required.

Again, UofL baseball is this weekend - they are home vs. Elon and since the games are FREE,  it's one of the best affordable family fun options around town. Check their promotional schedule, there's always something going on and Sunday's are the family days!

Saturday - It's the Mighty Kindness Earth Day Hoot - a free festival down in Waterfront Park from 12-6pm near the Brown-Forman Amphitheather. There will be lots of music, workshops and stuff for the kids.  Food too and something called a "Massage-a-thon" - yeah, I bet you need a massage.

Or, if you want something outdoorsy,Louisville Nature Center is having Nature's Works and Quirks for families and children of all ages. It starts at 10:00am and families join in exploring different aspects of Nature. The program is FREE for members; $3.00 for non-members; and $12 for a family of 4 or more. Pre-registration is required - 502-458-1328 or email LNC@bellsouth.net

 photo flea_zps19379f8c.jpgAll weekend- head to the Flea Off Market down in the Nulu area (at the end of Baxter Ave). It keeps growing and growing and attracting more and more people.  They have vendors and eclectic offerings, food and more.  It's Saturday an Sunday from 10am-6pm.

Photo from The Flea Off Market Facebook page


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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Waterfront Park in Louisville is a great place for families

Louisville Waterfront Park is listed on the Louisville Family Fun 2013 Bucket List for Families. We listed it as the place to fly a kite when the winds of March come blowing through. Now, it’s the place to start a journey right over the Ohio River.

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I can remember Louisville’s waterfront when it was just a waterfront. There was the Belvedere and the water’s edge, perhaps some green space and a tree here and there, but not much that resembled any place to picnic. In 1991, the Louisville Waterfront Master Plan was adopted, and I am just amazed at what has been accomplished since. Beginning in 1999 with the Great Lawn through February 2013 with the completion of the Big Four Bridge, Waterfront Park has truly become a destination spot for families in Louisville and those who travel through.

 photo wp2_zps6106b842.jpgHave you begun checking off the family inspired suggestions we wrote about on the 2013 Bucket List? Well after this past weekend of walking the Big 4 Bridge, my family and I have already begun a long Bucket List JUST for downtown Louisville! We’re on a quest to rediscover our city! After living here all through high school, college, and raising our two kids here (my husband has been here even longer), we realized it’s time to see all the NEW in LOU!

 photo lincoln2_zps5a05c5f9.jpgWhile we were parading up the ramp to the Big 4 recently, we were just looking around the city and making plans. When spring and early summer hit, we’re going to start some Daycations! Some ideas we had: start the day at an early baseball game at Louisville Slugger Field, head up the bridge, and end the day with dinner at Tumbleweed on the River. Another day we might spend the whole day picnicking at the park, playing on the playground and sprayground, and romping through the sidewalks, stopping to visit Abraham Lincoln and read up on some history. On a whole other day, we’ll rent bikes from Wheel Fun Rentals (LouFamFun Review), (or if we have invested in them yet we’ll bring our own!) and ride around the park and some of the Louisville Loop, ride across the bridge, and then grab a bite to eat downtown somewhere close by. When the Jeffersonville side of the Big 4 Bridge is complete, we have many plans to walk across and check out some restaurants there and walk their riverfront. For a date night/anniversary plans in August, my husband and I are thinking about parking at Waterfront Park, walking across the bridge, and eating at a quaint, smaller café in nearby Jeffersonville or New Albany. When the blazing heat and humidity hits that Louisville always brings us every late summer, go spray-style! Waterfront Park is home to an awesome splash area as well as those famed fountains further over on Witherspoon Street. I am just super excited about the Big 4 Bridge and all the possibilities it brings to families on both sides of the river, not to mention how much we can invest in our own local economy.

In addition to when we visited the Big 4, we also took part in a Nulu Open House and found so many neat businesses and restaurants to try out so close to Waterfront Park. We stopped in WHY Louisville on East Market Street, bought some yummy goodies at Muth’s Candies, which has been in business in the same location on East Market Street for over 90 years, and found neat local establishments such as Please and Thank You, The Mayan Café, and Ghyslain, just to name a few. Nulu is a really diverse, thriving area that is begging you to come visit it! Other great options are Taco Punk and Toast on Market.

With Thunder Over Louisville approaching, Louisville Waterfront Park is the prime place to watch the action, sprawled out as a family on a blanket on the Great Lawn. Also topping the list of don’t miss events is of course, the Kentucky Derby Festival! You and your family are bound to find an outdoor event or two that you will love, from the Pegasus Parade to the Great Steamboat Race. Abbey Road on the River begs you to rediscover your inner Beatle and a couple of years ago my family attended this fun festival-like music extravaganza and had a great time! Head downtown this summer for WFPK Waterfront Wednesday concerts; they may seem like they are adult-only but we’re going to check one out and see. I’ve had friends and family who bring their kids and everyone has a jammin’ good time!

 photo park3_zpsdef3d738.jpg photo park4_zpsaae00816.jpgOther areas of the Waterfront that you won’t want to miss are a riverside meal at Joe’s Crab Shack, playing at Adventure Playground, walking the Promenade along the Ohio River, stopping for a push at the Swing Garden, reading about our 16th President at the Lincoln Memorial, and as mentioned walking the ramp up to the Big 4 Pedestrian & Bicycle Bridge and taking in views of our great river city. Throw in some competition and a challenge with The Louisville Quest as well!

Spring is coming. I think we all know how breathtaking fall is in Louisville. But spring is just as immaculate and offers so many outdoor opportunities. Start at Louisville Waterfront Park. Make that your first stop on your own bucket list for your version of Louisville family fun. It’ll be a great jumping off point!

Louisville Waterfront Park hours of operation are: 6am-11pm for the park; 11am-8pm, seasonally from May-September, for the water play area.

By guest contributor: Erin